Wizz Air expected to launch new flights to Tuzla and Sarajevo
Over the past few days Wizz Air has successfully launched two new destinations from Tuzla, recording strong passenger numbers on both flights. Wizz Air’s new service from Basel and Gothenburg join the existing flights from Stockholm to Tuzla. The inaugural service from Basel was sold out while the flight from Gothenburg saw 168 passengers onboard. Ticket sales are also indicating strong numbers for the future. Wizz Air’s presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s third largest city is already being felt. Despite the fact the low cost launched flights from Tuzla on May 29, the airport managed to handle 455 passengers during the month, a five digit passenger growth of 22.650%. With only one passenger handled prior to Wizz Air’s arrival, the airport has welcomed 456 passengers so far this year.
Tuzla Airport CEO, Enver Januković, says the low cost airline is set to launch new flights from the city. “It is important that both arriving and departing flights are full. On Saturday’s service from Basel we welcomed not only Bosnian passengers but also those heading to Serbia and Croatia”, Mr. Januković says. He adds Wizz Air is considering launching flights from either Dortmund or Eindhoven to Tuzla. The airport’s CEO believes Eindhoven is the better of the two as it would target overseas diaspora passengers and allow them to connect via Amsterdam and Eindhoven to Bosnia. “I cannot comment on their behalf when the service will be launched but it most certainly will”, Mr. Januković concluded.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Sarajevo Airport, Ivica Veličan has announced that talks with Wizz Air are entering their “final phase”. Several months ago Mr. Veličan admitted the two sides failed to reach an agreement over fees warning that slashing handling prices for Wizz Air would cause a “domino effect”. However, such issues no longer seem to be the problem. “Since I began working at this airport in 1977, Sarajevo has never been better connected with Europe and the rest of the world and that is something I constantly repeat”, Mr. Veličan added.